I'm meeting up with a girl coming into Irvine on business. She wants me to take her out on the town, but I'm not familiar with the city. Can you offer any recommendations on a place that has a really good vibe going? The ideal of what I'm looking for is someplace like El Carmen on 3rd Street in LA: Really solid drinks (margaritas are a plus), solid food, not too much of a sit-down place, not too casual, not too high-end, and has just that right amount of funkiness.
El Carmen Restaurant
8138 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048